Articles | Volume 3, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 363–387, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-363-2015
Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 363–387, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-363-2015

Research article 23 Jul 2015

Research article | 23 Jul 2015

High natural erosion rates are the backdrop for present-day soil erosion in the agricultural Middle Hills of Nepal

A. J. West et al.

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Soils are vital resources put at risk by erosional loss. Evaluating agricultural effects on erosion is complicated where natural rates are high, as in central Nepal. This study infers erosion rates over thousands of years and compares these rates to those observed over the short term. Results suggest that effects of agriculture are small and that most erosion takes place through natural processes. However, present-day erosion on degraded lands is significantly faster than over the long term.